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One of our local workstations SSD is severely slow. I can't seem to find much resources on whether or not the latest BIOS supports booting Windows Server from a PCIe SSD. If it doesn't, is there a way to force it to boot -- like grub on a USB drive or something?

  • Workstation... Server... which is it? – joeqwerty Jul 29 '17 at 16:18
  • It's a workstation being used as a server. It has a xeon. It's even rack mounted. – Saustin Jul 29 '17 at 16:52
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Don't waste your SATA or SAS port for boot SSD! Boot from USB stick and keep expansion ports for capacity & performance tiers!

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/how-to-create-bootable-windows-server-2016-usb-thumb-drive-for-installing-os

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/create-an-esxi-6-5-installation-usb-under-two-minutes

P.S. You might want to boot ESXi and Linux from mirrored SD cards if you have such an equipment on-board, but don't do that with Hyper-V or Windows Server: they will burn replacement cells very soon.

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